NEW YORK – Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo is among the 36 candidates for 2014 induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first Japanese player to enter the list, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America said Tuesday.
Nomo, 45, moved to the Dodgers from the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1995, leading the MLB team to 13 victories to become the National League’s Rookie of the Year. He also pitched two no-hitters and won 123 games over a period of 12 years.
Nomo also played for six other teams, including the Boston Red Sox, and retired in 2008.
To be enshrined, Nomo needs to receive 75 percent of the votes from BBWAA members. The results will be announced Jan. 8.